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Charred Romaine Lettuce with Burrata, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Pine nuts, Basil and a Simple Vinaigrette

8 August 2021

I love it when you think you have nothing really in house to make a meal from and then it turns out you have all the ingredients to make something amazing. Ok granted, I don’t always have burrata just randomly lying around in the fridge, but I did forget about it, so it came as a surprise.

The rest are pretty much staple ingredients, always good to have lying around!

Charred Romaine Lettuce & Burrata, Sundried Tomatoes, Pine nuts, Basil and a Simple Vinaigrette

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Dinner, lunch, sides, salad
By Saffron Serves: 2-4
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 3 to 4 romaine hearts
  • 5-6 sun dried tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 or 2 burrata's (depending on size)
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar (or cider vinegar)
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 -2 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
  • Handful fresh basil
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • Pinch freshly ground black pepper



Start by making the vinaigrette: in a sealable jar add the olive oil, vinaigrette, chopped shallot, pepper and salt and shake well until emulsified. Set aside.


In a dry frying pan add the pine nuts and toast until starting to brown, ± 3 minutes. Keep an eye on them so they don't burn.


Pull off any older outer leaves from the romaine hearts that might look a bit brown.


Cut off a thin slice of the root, making sure you don't cut off too much so it will hold together after quartering lengthwise.


Quarter them lengthwise.


Heat a grill pan, when hot lay the romaine hearts on the grill pan.


Grill them until lightly charred on all sides, turning every minute or two until done.


Transfer to a large plate, scatter the sun dried tomatoes over the top.


Lay the burrata(s) in the middle, and puncture open with the tip of a knife.


Drizzle the vinaigrette over the top and finish off with some torn basil.


Serve straight away.


Tip: instead of sun dried tomatoes crispy bacon bits would be amazing as well

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